Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Top Five: Birthday Edition

Today is my birthday, so I decided to showcase items that are in some way birthday-related!

1. May's Free Julep Welcome Box: Use code MAYBABY and get these Julep products for free, complete with birthstone-inspired emerald shade. Just pay $2.99 shipping. Be aware this is a subscription box, like Birchbox mostly for nails, so your subscription will renew. But from what I hear, it's easy to call or email and cancel.

2.Claire V. Leopard Clutch: I'm obsessed with all things animal print! I've been eying this clutch for a long time, and then I found out it is available on Rent the Runway. I used my PRO membership birthday $50 rental credit toward this instead of a getting a dress this year. The four-day rental is $35, but I sprang for the eight-day, which is $56. That means it cost me a whopping $6 after applying my credit. It arrived a few days early and my return date is Memorial Day, and because it's a holiday, I don't have to return it until the following day. So it turned into more of a 12-day rental! Rent the Runway has been adding more and more accessories and casual clothing, which is great if you're looking to rent something fun but don't have a formal event to attend. If you haven't tried RTR, you are truly missing out! Read this post I wrote before you rent for the first time; I also explain why you MUST join PRO.

3. GiGi New York Mini Taylor Tote in Harbor Blue: This is my birthday gift from Max, complete with monogramming. This photo does not do it justice; it is absolutely beautiful! I cannot rave enough about this bag. It's entirely made of high-quality leather: the exterior, the interior, even the lining of the inside pockets. The price is quite reasonable for what you get compared to many other "designer" handbags. I recently discovered GiGi New York, I believe from a Facebook ad. I showed a photo of this bag to Max once in passing, so I was very impressed he remembered the color, style, etc. GiGi New York is a line of parent company Graphic Image. I've quickly become a fan of these Made in the USA products; read more about this family-owned company here. All of the colors and styles are gorgeous - I'll take one of each ;)

4. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne: I received this as part of my birthday gift from my mother-in-law, and I love it! It's a little woodsy, very fresh and is the opposite of a flowery, perfumey scent. As she pointed out, it's hard to buy perfume for another person because everyone is so different about scents. But as it turns out, some of my very favorites I have gotten as gifts.

5. The Fifth Stand Still Playsuit: This was my birthday gift to myself. I'm all about jumpsuits and rompers right now, and I love this one. (It's difficult to see in the above photo.) I just ordered it, so I'm hoping it works out. I saw a blogger feature it, and it looked super cute on her. I had never heard of this Australian line, The Fifth, or the website where I bought it, BNKR (which I believe is short for Fashion Bunker). BNKR brings Australian fashion to U.S. shoppers. I love making these new discoveries! This playsuit was affordable and the website offers 20 percent off your first order with code "BNKRLOVE," plus there was no tax and free shipping on orders more than $39. Happy birthday to me :)


  1. Jo Malone is THE best!

    Natalie Murphy

  2. This is my first Jo Malone product and loving it!